No matter if you are driving a vintage car or a new model, it is important that you invest in the maintenance of your vehicle, so it can keep you safe on the road. There are loads of things you would automatically keep on top of, while there are a couple of things that are more important when it comes to safety than others. Below you will find a list of things you should check before every longer journey and regularly to avoid breakdowns and accidents.
It is important that you are visible to other road users, and you can make the most out of your view from the vehicle. If your mirrors are not adjusted, your bllnd spot might become greater, and your chances of having an accident will increase. At the same time, you will also have to check that your windscreen washer fluid is always topped up, and your headlights are working fine. If you haven’t used your fog lights for a while, it might be time to check that they are working OK.
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The rubber parts on your car are cheap to replace, but absolutely essential for you to stay safe. Get your tires checked for cuts and bulges; these are sometimes on the inner side of the tire, and not visible if you are just visually inspecting them. Check the tire pressure, and don’t forget to test your windscreen wipers, to ensure you are getting the best visibility in every weather condition. Get rid of condensation in your car, too, by finding out where the moisture is coming from or adjusting your heater.
Brakes need regular checkups, and it is not always easy to spot that there is something wrong. Whenever you are getting your tires changed, ask the mechanic to check the condition of your disc brakes, so you can change them if it is needed. If you notice that your brakes are starting to feel spongy, you will need to book your car in for a service immediately. The performance of the brakes will depend on your tires’ condition, as well as your driving habits. You might want to talk to a Bentley Maintenance & Servicing specialist to find out about the most common issues and what to look out for.
Steering and Suspension
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Your steering can get out of alignment if your suspension has problems. In case you have been driving over huge potholes, or went over speed bumps at a higher speed than usual, you will need to test your steering, so you can find out whether or not there is a damage. If your car has started pulling to one side or another, you will need to see a mechanic to get your vehicle on the ramp and identify the problem.
Your tires, your steering, and your brakes keep you safe on the road and need regular maintenance. Small things, such as changing your windscreen wipers can make a huge difference in your safety and driving experience, too.